Samsung - Radiant360 R1 Speaker - Black

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Samsung Radiant360 R1 Speaker: Hear the full, rich sound of your favorite music from anywhere in the room. The Samsung R1 uses breakthrough Ring Radiator technology to equally project audio in all directions, so wherever you move, you're always in the sweet spot. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 make it simple to stream Pandora, Spotify and other instant content.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Owner's manual
  • Power cable and adapter
  • Radiant360 R1 Speaker

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
82% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (259 out of 317)

Features


Smart Enabled

Get access to a world of instant entertainment with this product. Just connect to the Internet and stream movies, listen to music, and access a wide variety of other content.

  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • iHeartRadio
  • TuneIn
  • Amazon Video

3.6" woofer, 1" dome tweeter, and 360° of sound

Unlike conventional speakers that transmit sound from just one side, Radiant360 projects rich, balanced sound in every direction so everyone in the room hears the same exquisite sound.

Simple tap-and-swipe control

You can tap the top of the speaker to play or pause your music, swipe left or right to play the next or previous song, and touch to adjust the volume.

The Mulitroom 2.0 App puts you in command

Use the dial to browse your music. Play different songs in different rooms, or play the same song throughout the house. (Additional speakers sold separately.)

Love your music

It's easy to find and play the music you love from sources like Pandora, Spotify, Samsung Milk Music, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio and more.

Control from compatible Apple® or Android devices

Use a phone or tablet to stream your favorite tunes and control your playlists over your home Wi-Fi network. Compatible with devices with iOS 6.1 or later and Android 2.3.3 or later.

Works using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

With a mobile device, connect up to ten R1 speakers to your home network over Wi-Fi, or connect a single speaker using Bluetooth.

Reduce cable clutter from your home entertainment system

TV SoundConnect lets you pair your R1 directly to a compatible Samsung TV via Bluetooth.

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Overall customer rating

4.2
82%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Run, don't walk away

    Posted
    Brucie
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Samsung Radiant 360 R1 The following are my opinions and if I have not been offered any compensation for the review of this product, either negative or positive. I am going to start with the summary. Don't buy this. It is an incredible waste of a fair amount of money. On a good day the speaker may sound mediocre, but the software and hardware controls are very poorly done in an incredibly frustrating way. What starts out as a good concept, ends up with a poor implementation. Someone probably has or could/should build a product much better than this with most of the same attributes and do it well for a lot less than the asking price of a Samsung Radiant R1. If this sold for a $100 less than the $160-180 asking price (retail price is $250) it would still be over-priced. Lo and behold as I write this review an email from Samsung just came in offering to sell it directly for $99.99 as is Best Buy. Still not worth it. Run, don't walk away. Let's start with the incredibly bad decision-making process that got me here today. One night I was visiting my local Costco and heard one of these things being demonstrated. It really sounded good in that noisy store. It was tiny and attractive and the features looked really cool. Costco wanted around $180 for it. I thought that was over-priced at the time, but I happened to have $55 in rewards from Best buy and another $70 gift card from Dell. I tried to find impartial reviews on the Net, but I couldn't find anything other than junk articles about the line of speakers. What the heck. I saw that Dell was selling them for $160 so I called the Best Buy 800 number and arranged for them to price match the Dell price and by the time I got off the phone the speaker was waiting at my local store. here is where the really bad decision making skills came into play. It was mostly impatience. I also ordered a second speaker from Dell which knowing Dell would tale about a week to get there having placed the order on a Saturday. I figured i would have time to go pick up the speaker, test it and if I didn't like it, cancel the Dell order. I was wrong. Almost immediately my order at Dell went into a state where the order could not be cancelled, even though they would not ship it for days. Anyway, I head over to Best Buy and pick up my order. That was a pleasant experience. It was waiting for me when I got there. Let me just introduce myself as someone not unfamiliar with some modern technology. I've been in the computer/network business for almost 25 years. Anyway...I get home with the speaker and unpack it. The instructions are short and sweet. Everything goes smoothly. I install the Samsung Multi-Room application on my iPhone 6s Plus. The app finds the speaker and I attach to my wireless network in less than a minute. The application even finds a Samsung television in the other other room and offers to connect to it. So far it was amazingly smooth and I am quite impressed. Now I have to figure out how to use the darned thing. I struggle through one of the most poorly designed pieces of garbage software I have ever laid my hands on. The speaker has two modes of operation. WIFI and Bluetooth. Bluetooth operation is fairly simple. Anything you play on your phone will play through the speakers. You can use any app on the phone and it will play through the speaker. The problem with Bluetooth operation is two-fold. First your phone must be within approximately 30 feet of the speaker and second according to Samsung the quality of the sound is not as good as WIFI. They confusingly mention a lossless Bluetooth codec in the manual, but do not tell you how or where to get it. This speaker that I just spent $160 dollars on sounds terrible. The distortion is so bad is sounds as if the speaker is blown. I'm already ready to return the device as no bluetooth connection I have ever heard sounds this bad, but I continue on and explore the WIFI functions. This is where it gets interesting. WIFI operation is limited to using their application. This is where you can join speakers throughout the house. This is the way you can be anywhere in the house with your phone and control your speakers. The application is maddeningly confusing and difficult to use, but it offers a number of different WIFI playing options. First you can (or so it says) play any music physically located on the phone. Who keeps music on their phone anymore? I certainly don't have any as all of my music is accessible through either Apple Music or Google Music in the clouds, with the latter being my favorite. It is a fairly new phone and I hadn't gotten around to actually putting any stored music on the device. So I explore the other options within their application. I start with some Samsung offering of a good number of radio channels. That sounds worse than the bluetooth connection. It is distorted and sounds little better than a 1960's transistor radio playing music on AM. I move on to Pandora, which sounds just as bad. There must be something wrong with the speaker I think. The one I heard in Costco sounded quite good. I then notice a firmware update option in the software so I give it a shot. It fails about a half dozen times in a row and I give up on that. I have decided to return the speaker to Best Buy, but I give it one last shot. I transfer a bunch of music to my phone and try to play it. Only one song appears in their software for the longest time and it is some heavy metal bunch of noise difficult to get any grasp of the dynamic range of the sound. Finally after way too long a time Samsung Multiroom finds some more music. It too sounds like dirt but a little better than anything I have heard before. Still unacceptable, so I pack up the speaker and return it. Best Buy was fantastic. The guy that took it back, knew his stuff and suggested some options. He told me about a sale item HK speaker and sent me to go look for it. Then when I got to the wrong place in the store another extremely knowledgeable kid takes me to the right place and after showing me other options finally helps me find what I should have bought from the beginning. I buy a $40 bluetooth receiver for my surround-sound system, come home, hook it up and bask in the glory of decent sounding music. Best Buy, you have some great employees. I hope you pay them well. This story should end here, but it doesn't because I still have this Dell shipment coming. Half of me wants to just call Dell and get an RMA number and take the 15% restocking fee and $10-20 it will cost like a man. I'll never buy anything like this from Dell again. The other half wants to see whether that first speaker was fluke. My wife needs a speaker in her home office so I wonder if the first speaker was just a bad one and I will be pleased with the second one. It arrives almost a week to the day later. Yesterday I unpacked it and started the setup. Amazingly it was a completely different experience and not a pleasant one at that. The one thing that worked well with the first speaker, was the setup of it. The second one was a near nightmare to set up. The phone wouldn't make the final connection to WIFI and it took a series of steps to make that connection. It finally worked, so I immediately tried to update the firmware. That worked this time, but I almost wish it hadn't. The speaker/phone WIFI connection was now lost and I had to start that all over again. Then another ten minutes of my life that I will never get back is spent trying to make this connection. It finally works. Now my wife is not into technology in any way. She has an iPhone 6s and enjoys it, but if this is going to be difficult to use, she isn't going to use it. I try and setup their Pandora app, but it mysteriously refuses to accept her password after numerous tries even though the actual Pandora app on her phone authenticates fine. I immediately determine that the only way this thing is going to be practical for her is as a Bluetooth speaker. Great. I could have bought a decent bluetooth speaker for 1/2 this price. Anyway, the next issue is that the bluetooth connection isn't automatically made. You have to manually go to setings and click the Samsung device every time you walk into the room. If you make the connection through the Samsung software, the speaker announces its connection and then immediately disconnects you, forcing you to manually establish the connection. It didn't work that way on the first speaker... what the heck is going on? Sound quality on this speaker is way better than on the first one. There must have been something wrong with that speaker. Not that the sound quality is worth $250, $179, $160 or even $99.99. What you pay for on this device is the ability to interconnect them and the software that makes them work. It isn't worth it. They should pay you to own one of these things. When you see a Samsung Radiant R1 in a store. Turn your back on it and run away as fast as you can.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Connectivity options

    Posted
    badmonkey

    Setup and application: I purchased the Samsung R1 and larger R5 speakers mostly due to the connectivity options on multiple devices (android tablet, windows phone, and a PC). Where many of the competitors limit the bells and whistles to iphones (iOS) users. It was by far the easiest and most flexible setup and extremely easy to link speakers and devices. It will switch from Bluetooth, wifi, and TV streaming devices seamlessly. The Samsung multiroom app does need some polishing as its pretty crude and doesn’t link to streaming sources or mp3 playlist sources intuitively. It works and the simplicity is nice but for a company like Samsung it’s not something they should be proud of. I would have given it 5 stars if they had a windows app that would allow a PC and windows phone to use wifi instead of Bluetooth. Performance: Given the price point of the R1-R7 speakers I’m happy with their sound and functionality. They don’t have the volume or sound quality of their upper end competitors I tested but all of those had limitations on connectivity that didn’t fit my application. The R1 lacks middle range tones like most small speakers using a speaker chamber enclosure to enhance or mimic low end tones. They excel at their directional sound ability where the music sounds the same no matter where its placed and fills the room with a single unit. For large rooms I’d highly recommend the larger R5/R7 units as the R1 sounded small and underpowered in my kitchen and living areas. The wifi source stream far exceeds the quality and range limiting Bluetooth mode but smart devices with NFC on helps somewhat. I believe some of the reviews saying the sound quality is poor is due to them using Bluetooth only mode which doesn’t have the performance or capabilities of wifi. After I tested the R1 I returned to purchase the larger R5 for my other large rooms.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Difficult to connect; Samsung app is terrible

    Posted
    HondAbnoH
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I read many reviews before purchasing and most people only complained about the "old app" as being the main problem so figured I would give them a shot anyway since they had supposedly updated this. The app is terrible! Once the speakers were connected and working together as rear surround for my soundbar (HW-J7500R); which took almost 45 minutes to link together they would randomly disconnect. It seemed like every time I turned the system on they would need to go through the long process of syncing all over again or would not connect at all and I would have to manually sync them. On top of the clunky connection and weak sound; being forced to run the whole system from the app completely took ALL previous functionality away from the soundbar itself. I could no longer use the preset equalizer or any of the built in functions. Finally they made the entire system super quiet; previously my soundbar itself has a max volume of 50 and I would routinely run it from 18-24 maximum. Once the rear speakers were attached and ran via the Samsung app I would need to turn it up to 40 just for "reasonable sound" and without access to the equalizer they sounded atrocious and by that I mean 100% worse than my 5 year old $120 off brand this nearly $600 setup was replacing. Additionally, when in this configuration if the show I was watching was not presented in 5.1 surround sound the rear speakers would take over as additional front speakers rather than just phasing out and made for a very strange sounding experience. I would not recommend these for use with a home theater system; by themselves maybe, if you only planned to have one per room to stream music. But as a surround system they are terrible.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good basic speaker

    Posted
    Jeff
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was thinking about replacing my stereo receiver which broke, then realized my smart phone was a better "radio" than my receiver ever was. So I started looking at wireless speakers. I'm on a budget and in a condominium so I don't need a ton of sound, and this speaker fit the bill. The important question is what does it sound like? The answer of course is subjective but I think it has a decently rich sound that projects in all directions as billed. It's also small enough to move from one room to another if desired. However, setup was more of a hassle than it should have been. I followed the directions and downloaded the multi-room app but couldn't get the speaker to play. I had to call customer support, but did get through fairly quickly. Apparently the app only works if you have more than one speaker. They had me try connecting through Bluetooth, and that turned out to work fine. Near as I can tell, every app on my Android (except the phone) plays through the speaker when it's connected. I also wanted to play music from my PC as well as my phone (I have a couple of dozen CDs) but I couldn't get that to work, so that was a disappointment (this older PC has wifi but not Bluetooth). I wasted a lot of time trying to figure it out; I found it hard to find stuff on the the Samsung web site. Maybe you can do it through home networking but Microsoft's instructions were too arcane for me to figure it out. (I eventually gave up and just uploaded some of the CDs to Google Drive that I previously had ripped to my PC as a backup). I got a good deal on this speaker before Christmas and I'm generally happy with it (just 3 stars due to setup hassle).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    Posted
    sikiboy

    I love Samsung products. Most of my electronics are Samsung, so I had great expectations for the R1 speaker, but was sadly disappointed. First, the app is terrible, probably the worst I've used. It doesnt detect the speaker no matter what distance its from it. Tried about 10 times. One time it said it was connected, but it wasnt, and the speaker did not show on the drop down menu to select. I deleted the app and conected using Bluetooth only, which was quick and easy. The speaker sounded great, no doubt about that, but there are no options to control the sound other than volume. There is no power button, no way to select the style of music you're listening to, or a manual equalizer. It doesn't even have bass and trebel controls. Its possible that the app has those options, but I wouldn't know since it doesnt pick up the speaker. For me, probably the worst thing is that the speaker must be plugged in at all times. It does not have a rechargeable battery so you are unable to take it with you anywhere, unless you unplug it then plug it back in and reconnect to it. That's pretty much the deal breaker for me. I will be returning it tomorrow.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Speaker - Samsung Multi-Channel Needs Update

    Posted
    User623
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Overall this is a good Speaker for $89 sale price. Sound is great with low end coming through surprisingly well. You can test it in the store to be sure also. However! (-1 Star) I purchased 2 of these with primary goal to use as a wireless surround speaker (rear L/R position) for new basement completion. They ultimately do work. The Multi-channel system has little directions available on how to setup such a system. We spent hours working on the setup to get it right. It was very frustrating. It also disconnects and reconnects at every TV off/on. Separately: Samsung Multi-Channel Needs Update. There is ability to adjust multi-room speaker sound levels (to an extent). Would love to have more flexibility in changing the volumes and equalizer for the individual inputs, more like the traditional surround systems. Also the timing of the speakers relative to the soundbar (center). Since they are operating on Wi-Fi they do get uncoordinated from time to time on movies at about 0.5ms which will drive you crazy. Long story short, it works but there are some things that can be better. 2 speakers used with the following: TV: Model: UN65KS8000FXZASKU: 5065600 Soundbar: Model: HW-K650/ZA SKU: 4925400

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    At first disappointed, now elated.

    Posted
    Jonathan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    To be honest, when I returned home with this product I was thoroughly disappointed. One, the speaker was small, like an Amazon Echo, so I thought I might return it. Left it in the plastic unopened, but hooked it up to my phone via Bluetooth to see what it was made of. Two, I read online the subwoofer inside it is rated at 10 watts. However, after removing The super-tight plastic protective wrapping, the speaker came to life with lows, mids, and some highs. It is a good performing Bluetooth audio reproducing device. The Samsung MultiRoom app is nifty for tech geeks. The trick is, you have to buy two or three of these Samsung Bluetooth speakers to get surround sound. But if I wanted that...I'd buy Klipsch towers anyway. Most of the music I play sounds great through it. The volume (it is a radiating enclosure with the woofer down firing) is more than enough for my home needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Speaker

    Posted
    BrewSwayne
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Bought this to replace my old wired speakers for my Mac. Overall sound quality is great for my needs...which is mostly music or watching videos online. But I'm not sure if this would be a good speaker for your home theater. I also like the fact that you can pair more speakers for a surround sound effect. I may get a 2nd for my home office and also considering 2 more for the bedroom. I like the idea of 1 speaker on each nightstand so my g/f and I can adjust the volume independently. And we can get rid of the 30' of speaker wire in our bedroom too. All in all, this is a really good speaker if you aren't looking for really robust, dynamic sound. Perhaps its bigger counterpart would suit you better. But for anyone looking to improve their computer sound or maybe a speaker for in the kitchen or something, you can't go wrong with this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about design, size, price and usability. Editors have mixed opinions about reliability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 86/100 = Very good quality.
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